Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
. seinfeld. >> seinfeld. >> all right. president obama meets with top congressional leaders this afternoon with time running out to avoid the cliff. the house will be back in session on sunday to try to deal with the issue. we haven't had enough time, you know, two years. when is the last time we had a budget? >> harry reid was just -- wasn't he great yesterday talking about mitch mcconnell and the republicans? no budget. >> and more than 14,000 longshoremen could go on strike this weekend because of a contract dispute. a walkout would close cargo ports. some estimates say a strike could cost the economy $1 billion a day. which would add up. it would kind of counteract the 85 billion. but bernanke is doing 2 billion a day, right? >> more. >> 2.5, yeah. so that would take away -- we could easily rachet it up. unless the printing presses overheat at that point. let's check on the markets this morning. the futures were indicated lower based on angst. there it is worse. it was down 40 earlier, not out 62. they were down 150 at one point. came back down to 18. we're somewhere. >> between there.
Dec 26, 2012 6:00am EST
have to take -- >> right. >> instigating? >> i don't know what we got. >>> in global news, the obama administration is formally proposing a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to south korea. they've requested a possible $1.2 billion purchase of four northrup grumnot rq4 global hawk remotely piloted aircraft with enhanced surveillance capabilities. >> cool. >> that's what i asked for. didn't even get one. they want four. >>> and egypt has banned traveler from carrying more than $10,000 in foreign currency in or out of the country. officials worried about pressure on its pound currency. and a rush by egyptians to wow savings from banks. >>> and dock workers that we talked at four pacific northwest ports have moved closer to a possible labor clash with grain shippers. meantime, the parties in a larger separate dispute at 15 east and gulf coast ports have agreed to mediation. the ports face a strike deadline set for december 30. >>> and a new jersey pension fund is suing the nyse euro next or its proposed $ 8.2 billion sale to i.c.e., saying it undervalues the company stock. the l
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
of it, having president obama back in washington today, and having congress still out, is not the right message to end. people right now feel that the republicans are the party of no, that they are the ones causing this, they are going to get blamed. the fact of the matter is, is that they are doing the fiscal responsible thing here and that's where they can hang their hat. is that they have to hold on for deficit spending, and they still have the debt ceiling to hold in their back pocket if they need to. >> so what would, if you had been advising boehner, what would you advise him to say yes to? >> well, you know, he has to push the president to get more spending cuts. >> well, he tried that. he tried that. the president's in the cat bird seat, though. the president can say no and the republicans still get blamed. >> and then he came up with this plan "b" is really where things went off the rail. because it just looked like a mess publicly. >> all right. keith, what -- i mean, i know that it's not your party, but what would you advise the republicans to do, if anything in the next two
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
. >> right. >> your party's nominee last year ran against obama -- or in this campaign ran against obama for cutting medicare. what are the specific entitlement savings that you guys want to enact? because that's your ask of obama. he's told you what taxes he wants to raise. >> i've got a whole list of them. i mean, certainly starting with chain cpi, but the age, the copay, means testing. >> he's agreed to that. >> betting on competitive situation in between medicare manage and deeper service without any cap i mean it adds up to about a trillion dollars. and when you have a situation where americans are paying one-third of the cost of medicare, i don't think people realize that, but literally people are paying one-third of the cost of medicare, we have 20 million more americans coming on medicare over the next decade, i mean it's a time bomb. >> i agree with you it's a time bomb. but remember that the -- the standing document for republican boldness is the ryan budget. you get credit for that. he did not have ten-year savings on medicare and social security. >> and i do. i think we obvio